Fingerless Mittens – Arm Warmers – Gauntlets – Wrist Warmers

My friend Marge complained about cold hands and I knitted her a pair of armwarmers. The pattern can be found hereI used one skein of Bernat Bamboo yarn, they don’t take much time to complete.

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Another pair made with Red Heart Super Saver (Spa blue Fleck) went to Hildegard and Martina got a pair made from Bernat Cashmere yarn. Sorry, for got to take photos.

I started another pair from yarn I received from a freecycler, so I don’t know the name of the yarn, it is an acrylic. Worked up nice, we will give it away as a raffle prize at the “Friends of the Escondido Public Library’s volunteer luncheon on November 19, 2008. mvc-887s

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My Book List

Books I have read recently:
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant Loved it!

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels – fun, easy read.

Reading now:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – O.K. hard to read but I will finish it.

My to be read pile: (is growing taller since I am crocheting and knitting more than reading)
A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

I Feel Bad About My Neck and other thoughts on being a woman by Nora Ephron

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson

Good Harbor by Anita Diamant – since I loved the Red Tent so much, I want to read another book by her.

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

The Piano Man by Marcia Preston

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

I will update the list after I finish reading a book… that might be awhile.

Armin has read the complete series by BRAD THOR a great website! Another series he read is by Steve Berry and he is reading the series by James Rollins right now.

A crochet scarf for Doris in chilly Wisconsin

Using Caron Simply Soft Shadows, color Opal Twist, I crochet a scarf. A very easy pattern that works up fast.

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Using Caron’s Simply Soft Brites “Blue Mint” I made the same scarf. The LACY SCARF pattern is on the skein wrapper.

You need one skein or more if you like a longer scarf and size H (US) (5mm) crochet hook, 8″ wide, 56″ long. I always cut the yarn for the fringe first and use the rest of the skein to make the scarf. That way, I have very little yarn left over.

FRINGE: cut 56 strands, each 15″ long. Holding 4 strands together, fold fringe in half. * Insert hook from wrong side to right side in fist stitch at corner of 1 short end, pull through fold of strands (loop) insert ends into loop and pull tight against edge, repeat from *, working into each cluster along edge (7 fringes). Repeat on other end.

Stitches used: Chain (ch), Double crochet (dc), Single crochet (sc)

Lacy Pattern (1 row repeat)
Row 1: Ch 2, *sc in next 3 spaces, ch 3, work dc in same ch-3 space (cluster made), rep from * across, turn. Note: There will be 7 clusters across each row, worked into the ch-3 spaces of previous row.

SCARF: Ch 26
Foundation row: Begin in 2nd ch from hook, sc in second ch, ch 3, * work 3 dc in same ch as sc, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, repeat from * across, end by working [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in last ch, turn (7clusters)

Begin Lacy Pattern, work even until piece measures 56″, or you run out of yarn or desired length from beginning.

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Hello world!

I am blogging!

Not being a good writer, there will be more photos than words.

I want share recipes and whatever else I can think of.

Leave a comment when you have time.

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Stuffed red peppers with quinoa, provolone, and walnuts

I made this recipe for Shawna. A great vegetarian recipe!

The recipe was published in Everyday Food

Serves 4, Prep time: 35 min., Total Time: 1 hr 50min

You need: 4 red bell peppers, I used red, yellow and orange peppers peppers
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 t ground coriander
coarse salt and ground pepper

1 cup quinoa, rinsed (pronounced keen-wah)
1 cup water
1/3 c walnuts, coarsely chopped (I used pecans)
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
1 cup coarsely grated aged provolone (4 oz) I used parmesan

pepper cut in half

pepper cut in half

1 Preheat oven to 450º, with rack in upper third. Slice a very thin layer from the base of a pepper so it sits upright. Slice off top, just below stem and remove ribs and seeds from top and bottom. Repeat with remaining peppers. OR slice in half like I did.

all peppers cut in half

all peppers cut in half

2 In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, coriander, and chopped tops (if you have any), season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion has softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

3 Add quinoa, and cook until fragrant, 1 min. Add 1 cup water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, 11 – 13 min. Remove from heat, stir in parsley, nuts, 3/4 cup cheese, season with salt and pepper.

4 Dividing evenly, stuff peppers with mixture, place in baking dish ( I used two so Shawna could take one home). Cover with aluminum foil, and bake until peppers are tender, about 1 hour. Uncover, top with remaining 1/4 c cheese, bake until cheese melts, 10 to 15 min more.

Done!

Done!

Enjoy!

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Layla

LaylaLayla arrived on December 24, 2007, her birthday was on February 4, 2007, so she was only 8 months old. Armin enjoys walking her almost every day.

She is very lucky to have Kathleen next door to take care of her when we are gone.

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Sheena

We loved Sheena for over 10 years.Sheena

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